Originally Posted by Phunhog
I don't know if there is a definition for any beer based on ABV. I always thought of session beers as being under 5% and big beers being over 8% but it doesn't really matter in a lot of ways.
Yeah, I mean it's nothing official, just a handy way of describing beer to casual beer drinkers.
I use ABV to describe beers to people, because I feel like it's objective. If you say a beer is "light," does that mean pale, low in alcohol, or light in body or flavor?
Many people think anything dark is strong, too. I like using terms that denote ABV as a starting point, and then you can get into flavor. It's also a good way to avoid getting someone too drunk. I think all breweries should really stick an ABV (or range if it varies) on their beers.